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Galwegians 2025 Panel Discussion on Jan 22nd

Galwegians are inviting our Boys and Girls youth players from U14 to U18.5 to an exciting panel discussion evening in the Connacht Hotel on Wednesday January 22nd at 8pm.

The panel will be made up of former players who have experienced success playing for Galwegians, and other clubs. Some have gone to success with provincial and Irish teams, and in other areas of life beyond rugby.

The discussion will center their playing experiences, their preparation and managing their emotions in those “Championship Minutes” in the cauldron of competitive rugby, and other life challenges.

As a background to this event, Galwegians Rugby Football Club are setting out an exciting new strategy called Galwegians 2025. The objective and vision for the strategy is to build a solid pathway for our youth team players to become core to our senior rugby teams in the coming years.

With the exciting development proposed at Oranswell in the planning stage, which will put playing infrastructure in place to meet our ambitions as a club, the Galwegians 2025 strategy will put the pathway and support mechanism in place to help players transition from youths rugby to our senior men’s and women’s teams.

The strategy, among other things, will leverage the unique “Rugby DNA” in the Galwegians club that has led to our success in the past. With a clear vision for the future of the club, this strategy will bring together some of the best coaching and playing standards to achieve this goal by 2025, and create a framework for the future.

Over the past three years under the guidance of Joe Healy, Director of Galwegians Youth Academy, some best practices around coaching and rugby standards have been put in place in our youth teams, including coaches who are current and former Galwegians senior players.

The objective of that plan was to coach the “Galwegians Way”, to instill a sense of belonging to the club and its ethos, and to build a work-ethic commensurate with our vision to help payers become better footballers and people. The recent success of our U20’s U18.5’s, U17 and U16 teams is testament to the success of that work.

The next phase of the evolution of the great work done in our Youth Academy is the Galwegians 2025 strategy. The key component of this strategy are our youth players. We want to share with them our vision and goals for the future, and put structures in place to help those players achieve the objective of playing senior rugby with Galwegians.

To kick this off, the panel discussion will provide valuable insights into playing, preparation and dealing with pressures of rugby at a higher level. Hosted by compere James Heaslip, Director of Rugby and himself a former member of successful Galwegians senior sides. The panel members are:

  • Ruth O’Reilly Galwegians Ladies captain, Connacht & Ireland
  • Mary Healy Galwegians, Connacht & Ireland
  • John Casserly Galwegians club Captain, currently coaching Galwegians U14s
  • Mervyn Murphy, Galwegians, Connacht, Ireland and Irish Rugby Performance Analyst.
  • Jack Clarke, Dolphin RFC, Munster and all levels for Ireland, International Javelin athlete, current Coach to Galwegians U16 Girls and U17s Boys
  • Andrew Browne, Galwegians, Connacht & Ireland, current Galwegians senior head coach
  • Damian Browne, Galwegians, Connacht, Ireland, Northampton, Brive, Leinster, Heineken Cup winner, Oyonnax, Adventurer, and current Galwegians U18.5 head coach

LK Shields Solicitors announces sponsorship of Galwegians Rugby Football Club

LK Shields is proud to support one of Connacht and Ireland’s leading rugby clubs

LK Shields Solicitors is delighted to announce our appointment as lead sponsor of Galwegians Rugby Football Club.  This sponsorship further reflects our growing commitment to the region.  Galwegians is one of Connacht and Ireland’s leading rugby clubs with an active community of over 700 players and members.  It is a club with exciting plans for the future and, with an emphasis on supporting and developing young talent, it is an ideal partner for the firm. 

LK Shields is guided by the principles of access, opportunity and inclusion and we see all three of these values mirrored in the Galwegians male and female teams at every level.  Their vision for the future development of all players and the club is one which we share.

Commenting on the announcement, Michael Kavanagh, Chairman, LK Shields Solicitors said:  

“Galwegians are a leading club in the west of Ireland.  With a commitment to developing young talent and with an exciting vision for the future, I see real parallels between LK Shields and Galwegians.  As we continue to grow our team in Galway I am excited to see us partnering with such an impressive club and we look forward to supporting them in realising their ambitious plans for growth and development.”

Padraig Moran, President of Galwegians Rugby Football Club, said: 

“We are delighted to welcome LK Shields on board as the main sponsor of Galwegians Rugby Football Club. Like most sports clubs we are a voluntary organisation, and sponsorship is a vital source of funding to help us field over 20 rugby teams.  LK Shields is a successful and ambitious organisation who are committed to Galway, having opened their office in Dockgate last year. This makes them ideal partners for Galwegians RFC, and I would sincerely like to thank them and especially their Chairman and Galway native Michael Kavanagh.”

About LK Shields

Established in 1988 and with offices in Dublin, Galway and London, our firm has over 100 legal professional staff and a total of 150 employees.  We help our clients achieve their strategic commercial objectives and proactively advise them on harnessing new opportunities as they arise.  We are committed to adding value both in terms of business success and also through superior service to our national and international clients.  To find out more visit www.lkshields.ie.

For more information please contact: Emer Craig, Marketing and Communication Manager, LK Shields
E: T: +353 1 6385882

L. to R: Niall Beatty, Director of Development – Galwegians RFC; Cathal Hestor, Solicitor – LK Shields; Rory Gaffney – Galwegians RFC; Michael Kavanagh – Chairman – LK Shields; Padraig Moran, President – Galwegians RFC
L to R: Carl Blake, Junior Vice-President – Galwegians RFC; Cathal Hester, Solicitor – LK Shields; Ryan Lomas – Galwegians RFC; Michael Kavanagh, Chairman – LK Shields; Andrew Browne, Head Coach – Galwegians RFC
L. to R.: Carl Blake, Junior Vice-President – Galwegians RFC; Cathal Hester, Solicitor – LK Shields; Rory Gaffney – Galwegians RFC; Michael Kavanagh, Chairman – LK Shields; Ryan Lomas – Galwegians RFC; Padraig Moran, President – Galwegians RFC; Andrew Browne, Head Coach – Galwegians RFC; Niall Beatty, Director of Development – Galwegians RFC
L. to R.: Cathal Hestor, Solicitor – LK Shields; Rory Gaffney – Galwegians RFC; Michael Kavanagh – Chairman – LK Shields; Ryan Lomas – Galwegians RFC; Padraig Moran, President – Galwegians RFC

IRFU Concussion Reporting Letter

Dear All

As we have received a number of queries about concussion in the AIL I am emailing to outline the process by which concussions are reported to the IRFU (via the referees) and to provide each club with all the information they need to clear a player from a suspected concussion that has been reported to us.

Please ensure that this email is forwarded to all doctors and physios who work with your AIL team (men’s and women’s teams), especially on match days.

Please note that players who suffer from a suspected concussion should be removed from the field of play and must not return that day. Please see www.irishrugby.ie/concussion for information on recognising and managing concussion and for return to play guidelines.

All concussions should be reported by the team physio or doctor via the IRFU Injury reporting system (https://www.irishrugby.ie/playing-the-game/medical/injury-reporting/). This is a separate system to the referees reporting. 

Please find attached:

  • The process for reporting concussions in the AIL
  • The letter that you will receive (by email) when a referee reports that a member of your AIL team was removed with suspected concussion. This letter outlines how this player can be cleared to play if your medics believe that he/she did not suffer from a concussion.

The referee reporting system and the appeal system apply only to All-Ireland League matches and not to other competitions.

Kind regards 

Mairéad Liston

New Club Sponsor: LK Shields

We are delighted to announce LK Shields Solicitors as our main club sponsor.

We will formally announce this new and exciting sponsorship in the coming days, but we would first and foremost like to inform you our members.

Established in 1988 and with offices in Dublin, Galway and London, LK Shields Solicitors has over 100 legal professional staff and are one of Ireland’s leading corporate and commercial law firms.

They opened their offices in Dockgate on Dock Road in late 2018 and from here they service national and international companies located in the western region.

LK Shields have agreed to become the main sponsor of Galwegians RFC for an initial 5-year period.

Our particular thanks to Chairman of LK Shields and Galway native Michael Kavanagh, and we would like to warmly welcome them on board.

We would also like to acknowledge and thank our main sponsor of recent years, Cold Chon, for their loyal support of Galwegians.

Message from IRFU President, Nicky Comyn

Nicky Comyn

On my own behalf and on behalf of the IRFU, I extend my best wishes to Galwegians RFC  for the 2019-20 season and hope it is a successful one.   

The start of this season heralds the staging of the Rugby World Cup in Japan and I know you join with me in wishing every success to coach, Joe Schmidt, and his management team, together with the Ireland playing squad.   

This Rugby World Cup year creates a very busy season, taking account of Ireland’s women 15s team; the under 20s; men’s and women’s sectors; the fortunes of our provincial clubs in the Guinness Pro14 and Heineken Champions Cup and also the myriad club, women’s, third level and schools competitions through the grass roots landscapes. 

While by its nature the professional game takes precedence on the International stage, the welfare of the domestic amateur game is of paramount importance to me and to the IRFU.  

Having been chairman of the AIL and Third Level, I am acutely aware of the position of clubs and I take this opportunity to acknowledge the committed and critical role being played by our huge number of volunteers, who make it all happen.   

I greatly welcome the IRFU’s signing of a five year partnership with Energia, which sees the electricity and gas supply company become the official energy partner to Irish rugby and also title sponsor of both the men’s and women’s All Ireland League competitions. 

This year is the 30th anniversary of the AIL and the support being demonstrated by Energia is timely. It will hopefully give a lift to all clubs in the AIL, both men and women. 

I appreciate the struggles of some clubs at all levels and hope this season 2019-20 will be a special one.  I wish your club, its members, volunteers, players and supporters every success and enjoyment for the rugby year.

Nicky Comyn, President IRFU.

Message from AIL Sponsor, Energia

We at Energia are extremely proud to have further strengthened our commitment to Irish rugby by becoming the Official Energy Partner to the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) and title sponsor of the Energia All-Ireland Leagues (AIL). Through our five-year partnership, we are committed to supporting rugby at all levels through the teams, clubs and competitions the breadth of the nation. 

Energia understands the value of the AIL and the importance of fostering and nurturing Irish rugby clubs so that collectively we can continue to build world-class international teams. We look forward to working closely with the IRFU over the coming years to help facilitate the future development of rugby in communities up and down the country through our new campaign #PositiveEnergy.

Through the #PositiveEnergy campaign, we will be offering tools and supports to help Irish rugby clubs reach their sustainability goals. For so many players and fans, the journey and passion begins at their local club and Energia wants to ensure the future of these clubs. If we can help them to become sustainable, the clubs can re-invest in grassroots, ultimately developing the next generation of players, coaches and volunteers.  

This is an exciting time for Energia.  We are passionate about investing positive energy in rugby, from grassroots level with the Energia All-Ireland Leagues, to provincial level as the Official Energy Partner of Leinster Rugby and our stadium at Energia Park, all the way to the highest level of the Irish Men’s and Women’s teams.

On behalf of Energia, I would like to wish all club and international teams the very best of luck for the upcoming season. 

Gary Ryan, Managing Director, Energia Customer Solutions

Morgan Codyre Q&A

Morgan Codyre at Out Half for Galwegians Firsts

When did you first start playing rugby?

I joined Na Bairneachai for a year when I was 9, then took a break for a few years.

When did you join Galwegians?

I was 13.

Why did you join Wegians?

My uncle, Tim had played here. A lot of my school friends were up here too.

What are you Career Highlights to date?

Winning the Connacht Schools Senior Cup with the Jes in 2016 was pretty special. Getting a couple of caps for the Connacht Eagles while I was in the sub-academy was cool too.

Were you always a 10?

Not always. I was quite small when I was younger, so I played mostly at scrum-half until I was around 16. I haven’t strayed from out-half too often since then.

Your Favourite Player or Role Model You Look Up to?

I couldn’t name one person in particular. A few coaches and teammates have had a big impact on my playing and coaching.

What does your CCRO role involve?

CCRO is Connacht Community Rugby Officer. I’m a support coach for the youth academy, so I’d be in Glenina each evening and at the weekends helping different coaches and age groups. I also work with the underage Connacht squads throughout the year.

What are your career plans?

For now, I have my eyes set on coaching professionally. I’m studying sports science, though, so I’ll probably end up unemployed!

Your goals and ambitions for this season and beyond?

After missing the last year through injury, my main goal is to get back on the pitch and hopefully get a good run of games. If we can consolidate our position in AIL 2B this year, then we can start to build towards climbing back up the divisions over the next few seasons.

Andrew Browne Q&A

Q. Age you started playing rugby?

A. I started with Galwegians’ U8’s, but i didn’t keep it up and stopped playing at the end of the season. I only went back playing rugby when I was in 6thyear in the Bish.

Q. First Year in Wegians Seniors?

A. My first year with the Wegians Seniors was the 2005/06 season, where I played a couple of games towards the end of the season. 

Q. Connacht Career start & end?

A. Played my first game in a pre-season friendly at the start of the 2006/07 season. I finished with Connacht at the end of the 2017/18 season. 

Q. No. of caps?

A. 156

Q. Career Highlights?

A. Definitely winning the Pro12 in 2016! Everything else is a distant second. 

Q. Best Coach Ever Played Under?

A. I played under a number of excellent coaches during my time, including Michael Bradley, Eric Elwood, Dan McFarland and Pat Lam. However, I found Jimmy Duffy (Connacht Forwards Coach) to be the best. 

Q. Best Teammate?

A. Again, I’ve played with a huge amount of excellent players. For sheer presence, toughness and work ethic, it has to be John Muldoon. 

Q. Toughest opponent?

Leone Nakarawa

Q. Greatest Influence on Your Career?

A. My older brother Damian. Not just for my rugby career, but also for the high standards which he sets in general day to day life

Q. Coaching Career to Date …

A. Connacht: Position specific workshops with underage teams. U17 Academy (short term). Galwegians defence coach 2018/19. Galwegians Head coach 2019/20.

Q. Ambitions for Wegians Seniors this Year?

A. Ambitions are to consolidate our position for the year. Having had 4 bad years, it’s about stopping the slide. I think it’s important to be realistic about this. We also need to work with the other teams throughout the club to create a positive and encouraging environment, where people are excited to come in to. 

Q. Personal Career? 

A. Outside of rugby I’m going back to NUIG to do a Masters in Education. Having completed my degree in Economics and Geography a few years ago, I believe this is the right direction for me at this time. Teaching and coaching also compliment each other very well so it will only help develop each aspect. Long term I would like to see myself pursuing coaching at a higher level. Staying involved in the game with Wegians during my time in college will be hugely beneficial.

Update on Oranswell Development

Last Wednesday 24th July we had a very encouraging steady flow of people attending our Information Evening at Glenlo Abbey Hotel to see first-hand the detail in our planning application.

For those of you who were unable to attend last week, the drawings of our Site Plan and new Clubhouse layout are available to view in the “TV” Room at Crowley Park.

The Planning & Development Committee urge all members to take the time to view these plans, and particularly on a Tuesday and Thursday evening from 7pm to 8:15pm, where our senior players continue their pre-season training.

Please see a letter from the Planning & Development Committee and an overview site plan attached below.

New Oranswell facility Information Evening, Wed July 24th

Dear Members

We are at an advanced stage in our planning preparation for our proposed new facility at Oranswell in Galway.

On the 24th July, from 4pm to 7pm at Glenlo Abbey Hotel, we have arranged an Information Evening to give all members the opportunity to view our plans and engage with the professionals appointed to prepare our planning application.

Last evening, 9th July, we visited the residents, door to door, in Oranswell introducing ourselves and listening to any concerns they may have had with our proposed facility.

We used this opportunity to invite them, if they so wished, to also come along to our Information Evening in order to get a better understanding of this project. (see letter below).

The Galwegians Board of Directors would encourage as many of our members as possible to attend this event.

Kind Regards,
Niall Beatty
Director of Development

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